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The Permissibility of Paying Zakah in advance due to Coronavirus pandemic - Covid 19

10 April 2020

The Permissibility of Paying Zakah in advance due to Coronavirus pandemic - Covid 19 All praise be to Allah, peace and blessings be upon the messenger of Allah, his family and his companions.

It was reported by Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawaud, Tirmizi, Ibnu Majah, Al-Hakim and others that, on the authority of Ali RA, Ibnu Abbas asked Prophet Muhammad PBUH regarding paying Zakah before its fixed time and He permitted it.

This Hadeeth was authenticated by some scholars and classifies as sound by others.

Also, it was reported by At-Tirmizi from the Hadeeth of Ali RA, that Prophet PBUH told Umar RA that, ((We have taken this year's Zakat from Al-Abbas in the previous year)). Imam At-Tirmizi RA said: ((And majority people of knowledge are of the opinion of the permissibility of paying Zakah in advance)).

Paying Zakah before its due time for a greater need and benefit such as emergency financial need for Muslims or any other calamities and pandemic was permitted by the majority Imams of Islam such as Abu Hanifah, Ash-hafi'e and Ahmad.

This is, of course, for someone who posses the Nisaab/Zakatable asset.

Based on the evidences mentioned above and due the necessity of preserving the human souls, it will be permissible to pay Zakah before its due time with the condition of having Nisaab/Zakatable asset at the time of paying Zakah. This verdict of permissibility has been issued due to the current difficult situation and immense suffering caused by pandemic "Covid 19" which has affected people of the whole entire world financially, socially, spiritually and many other ways. May Allah show his mercy to his slaves and remove this difficulty from the people of the world.

Translated by Sh. Kazi Lutfurahman.
Islamic Cultural Centre and London Central Mosque

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